Death and destruction are imminent in the World of Warcraft as the game enters its most explosive expansion yet. In Cataclysm, the vengeful dragon Deathwing will wreak earth-shaking havoc that only the most prepared can escape alive.
Increase your chances of survival while raiding the new level 85 raid dungeons and competing in the rated battlegrounds by collecting the right consumables. Don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s a round-up of the essential flasks, food and potions you should start stocking up on for Cataclysm:
Flasks. A new expansion means tough progression raid fights in the new high-level dungeons like Deepholm and Twilight Highlands. If you’re a tank, save up on Flasks of Stoneblood (+1.300 HP); but if you’re an offensive caster, the Flask of Distilled Wisdom (+65 Int) will do wonders for your damage totals.
But don’t invest as much on current melee, ranged and healer flasks because the buffs these give out such as attack power and mana per 5 seconds will be obsolete come Cataclysm. Just wait for the revamped recipes that will replace them.
In PvP, the Flask of Chromatic Wonder (+35 Resist to All Magic Schools and +18 All Stats) will still provide a major shield against magic spells while you skirmish in the new battlegrounds of Tol Barad Island and The Battle of Gilneas City.
Food. When it comes to buff-giving food items, the number one items to store now are the Blackened Dragonfin (+40 Agi and +40 Stam), Dragonfin Filet (+40 Str and +40 Stam), and Cuttlesteak (+40 Spr and +40 Stam). These three give substantial primary stat buffs useful for both solo leveling and heroic dungeon runs.
Cataclysm also ushers in improvements on the graphics engine, so have fun with a stack or two of Gigantic Feast and Small Feast. The size growth or shrinkage, depending on the feast, is an excellent way to create memorable screenshots.
Potions. Azeroth will become fast-paced and unpredictable when the next expansion hits, so fill up on panic button potions like the Runic Mana Potion (+4,200 to 4,400 Mana) that can save healers from going out of mana.
The Runic Healing Potion (+2,700 to 4,500 HP) though might not have as much use in Cataclysm since overall health among non-tanks “will scale better” according to Blizzard. Cloth and leather wearers who use the potion as an emergency hp bump can also survive longer without healing themselves.
So instead of the Runic Healing Potion, it’s better to cram those extra bank slots with the Potion of Speed (+500 Haste Rating for 15 sec) and PvP favorite Free Action Potion (Immune to Stun and Impairing Effects for 30 sec).